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Sand wasp. High-speed photograph of a sand wasp (Ammophila adriaansei or campestris) in flight. The sand wasp is commonly called the "digger wasp" because it will dig burrows in sandy places. Sand wasps prey on caterpillars, the female paralyses the prey with her sting and drags it back to the nest. There the female will lay an egg on the prey, she will then temporarily close the nest with small stones. The larva then hatches and begins to consume the paralysed prey. Later the female will open the nest and, if necessary bring in fresh food for the larva. One female usually takes care of several nests at once.
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